Nevada State Athletic Commission Approves PFL’s Innovative Playoff Format – Fighters will Fight Twice in One Night for the First Time in Professional MMA History in Las Vegas

NSAC Green Lights PFL’s Smartcage Technology Providing Dynamic, Real-Time Fighter Performance Data and Analytics

Pre-Sale Tickets Available Wednesday, July 3; General Public Tickets on Sale Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. PT

NEW YORK (July 2, 2019) – The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the first organization ever to present MMA through a Regular Season, Playoffs and Championship format, today announced the 2019 Playoffs will take place October 11, 17 and 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The top eight fighters in the five men’s weight classes will need to fight and win twice in one night to advance to the Championship, while the top four in the first-ever Women’s Lightweight Division will compete for a spot in the title match. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved PFL’s innovative Playoff format and SmartCage technology, paving the way for the PFL to make its highly anticipated Las Vegas debut.

“We’re proud to stage the 2019 PFL Playoffs in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world and home to major league sports and larger than life entertainment events,” said Peter Murray, CEO of the PFL. “Our focus has been on partnering with leading brands and properties such as ESPN, and we are now excited to team with another world class organization in MGM Resorts as our Playoff partner in October. For the first time ever in Las Vegas, MMA fans will experience fighters fighting twice in one night to reach the PFL Championship, where six elite athletes will earn their divisional championship belts and $1 million each.”

Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling said, “We are excited to welcome the Professional Fighters League to our MGM Resorts family and to the Sports Capital of the World. Mandalay Bay has been synonymous with MMA for nearly two decades and we look forward to continuing the tradition with an entertaining and unforgettable series of Playoff events.”

PFL Playoff events will air across ESPN2, ESPN+, — the leading multi-sport streaming service — and ESPN Deportes, in addition to TSN in Canada, and on a wide and diverse group of premier global distribution partner platforms reaching over 150 countries around the world.

The PFL’s unique season format means every round counts, and every fight matters. Fighters are incentivized to win and win early. Seeding is based on points, much like fans have grown accustomed to seeing in other major sports. The faster a fight ends, the more points are earned. The second half of the 2019 season takes place July 11, July 25 and August 8, with each event determining the final Playoff seeding and who will head to Las Vegas with their championship dreams still intact.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at axs.com. Pre-sale tickets for the PFL Playoffs will be available to fight fans Wednesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. PT to Thursday, July 11 at 10 p.m. PT. M life Rewards members and AXS customers will receive access to a pre-sale running Thursday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT. To join the M life Rewards program or for more information, visit http://www.mlife.com.  

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About Professional Fighters League
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) presents MMA for the first time in the sport-season format where individual fighters control their own destiny, competing in a regular season, playoffs, and championship.  PFL’s differentiated format and exciting fights sparked breakout growth for the league.   PFL events are Thursday nights primetime live on ESPN2 and ESPN+.

The PFL 2019 Season features elite MMA athletes across six weight classes, including the first-ever 155-pound women’s division, with each fighter having two fights during the PFL Regular Season in May, June, July, and August.  The top eight fighters in each weight class advance to the single-elimination PFL Playoffs in October, where fighters must fight twice and win twice in the same night to advance to the finals.  PFL Championship is New Year’s Eve with the winners of each title bout being crowned PFL World Champion of their respective weight class and earning $1 million.  Viewers will be delivered next-gen stats never before seen in MMA through the PFL’s proprietary SmartCage™ platform and Cagenomics™ technology.

PFL is backed by an investor group of sports, media, entertainment, and business titans.  Watch PFL live Thursday nights in the U.S. on ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes.  PFL is also available in 130 countries around the world with leading local broadcasters. 

For more info visit www.PFLmma.com and follow PFL on Instagram (@PFLmma), Twitter (@ProFightLeague), and Facebook (/ProFightLeague).

About Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas.  Mandalay Bay is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Mandalay Bay Events Center
The Mandalay Bay Events Center is a multi-purpose arena home to World Championship Boxing, premier concerts and special events. With seating for as many as 12,000, the Events Center, which was recently renovated in 2018, offers excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The entertainment venue is home to WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces, the city’s first professional basketball team. Prominent events have included concerts such as Justin Timberlake, KISS, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Alejandro Fernandez and David Foster & Friends. World championship boxing events have featured fighters including Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins. The Mandalay Bay Events Center also has been home to multiple Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events, the annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction and the Billboard Latin Music Awards.